Suicide and Newspapers: a Replicated Study
Blumenthal S~~Bergner L
To determine the importance of imitation in the act of suicide, the authors replicated a study by Motto that dealt with the relationship of suicide rates to the cessation of newspaper publication caused by a strike. Using the population of New York city, during a partial newspaper strike, they compared the rates of suicide during this period with the rates of suicide during identical periods of 3 preceding & 2 subsequent years. They found the overall suicide rate was not significantly reduced.